The outbreak of COVID-19, the illness caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus known as SARS-Cov2, continues to be a global health challenge. As of June 1, 2020, the U.S. has over 1 one million confirmed cases of COVID-19.
There are many things we can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Below, we’ve answered some of the most common questions our members have about how they can stay safe and healthy during this time.
How can I protect myself from Covid-19?
We recommend practicing good hygiene in the same way you would protect yourself during cold and flu season:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going into public or touching common surfaces. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Practice social distancing and keep space between yourself and others outside your home. This means avoiding crowded places and group gatherings, as well as staying 6 feet away from other people.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Close contact is considered spending more than a few minutes within 6 feet of a sick person, or sharing common surfaces or utensils.
- Wear a cloth face covering or face mask when in public settings, especially in places with a high density of people, such as grocery stores or transit centers.
- Stay home and self-isolate if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough. We also recommend you reach out to us to review your symptoms and discuss getting tested for coronavirus.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Who should get tested for coronavirus?
Our best emergency room in Sherman Texas has continued to expand our testing capacity. Now, anyone with coronavirus concerns can be tested through Red River ER 24/ 7/ 365.
What should I do if I want to get tested for COVID-19?
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we first recommend self-isolating to help prevent the spread. If you are interested in testing, please start by contacting Red River ER at 903-357-5003 and our team will provide a telephone COVID-19 screening and answer any questions you might have.
How is Covid-19 transmitted?
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spread through coughing, sneezing, close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands, or touching a surface with the virus on it and then touching the eyes, nose, or mouth without washing hands. In short, it is passed along like a cold or flu. There are also concerns that the virus can survive suspended in the air as aerosolized particles, though virtually all official transmission precautions still focus on the methods of spread listed above. Nonetheless, it seems appropriate to take reasonable precautions, such as maintaining adequate ventilation, avoiding staying in another person’s direct air flow, and minimizing the number of people sharing the same environment.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of COVID-19 can range from none at all to severe breathing difficulty. Cough and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms, with other common symptoms including fever, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat, repeated shaking with chills, and new loss of taste or smell. Symptoms may appear between 2 to 14 days after exposure.
I don’t have symptoms but am at higher risk for viral infection. What should I do to reduce my risk?
People over the age of 65 and those with other risk factors are at higher risk of infection and complications of infection. If you fall into one of these categories, we recommend that you keep enough supplies at home to reduce unnecessary trips into public, avoid crowds, and cancel all non-essential travel. Especially if there is an active COVID-19 outbreak in your area, you should stay home as much as possible to minimize your risk of exposure. If you must go out, wear a cloth mask, practice strict social distancing, and wash your hands frequently.
Red River ER supports you and your family’s health. You can depend on Red River ER, or any one of our concierge-level, medical facilities to deliver the emergency care you deserve, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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